If you only see one play at this year’s SuperNova Festival, make it Jake’s Gift. This beautifully polished little gem will leave you fumbling for tissues as it brings to life the story of bright and spunky 10-year-old French girl named Isabelle and her relationship with Jake, a crusty Canadian octogenarian who has returned to Juno beach on the 60th anniversary of D-day. It’s lovely to watch the exchange of wisdom between old and young—an exchange, as this play brilliantly points out, that flows both ways. Isabelle and Jake change each other, and as a result, change the audience, too. Vancouver’s Julie Mackey does a remarkable job of realizing each character, so much so that by the end of the show you may well have forgotten this is a one-woman play.
When: Sat., May 16, 7 p.m. and Sun., May 17, 5 p.m.